It’s 2017 and slavery is still a very real issue in our world. As a part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we at Hey Honey would like to do our part to raise awareness and try to help the 20.9 million people around the world that are victims of human trafficking.
Human Trafficking is a modern form of slavery, most commonly found in situations of sexual slavery or forced labor. But, a person can be a victim of human trafficking in a variety of contexts- anything that includes their loss of freedom through trade. This includes forced marriages, involuntary organ removal, or child labor.
One of the most terrifying aspects of human trafficking is its recent and continued growth. It is one of the fastest growing activities of criminal organizations, with The International Labor Organization estimating human trafficking to be a $150 billion industry worldwide. 26% of the millions of victims are children, and 55% are women and girls.
The first step towards facilitating a change for the millions of people who have lost their freedom is creating awareness regarding what a serious problem human trafficking still is today.
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking is an organization focused on creating an informed social change movement to end human trafficking. Their mission is to use hard data to facilitate the end of human trafficking. They conduct research, train first responders and professionals, educate the public as well as operate a 24/7 hotline. Since their founding in 2010, LCHT has trained over 25,000 professionals, first responders and community members about human trafficking, conducted 3 major research projects to inform policy changes and supported over 125 interns in their journey to become human rights leaders.
Human trafficking can and does occur all around us, so it is important that you know how to recognize the signs. The National Human Trafficking website has a detailed list of things to look for. If someone you know shows signs including, but not limited to, poor physical and mental health (overly submissive or fearful, appears abused, malnourished), abnormally controlled working conditions (unpaid, no breaks, underage), lack of personal possessions and lack of knowledge regarding their whereabouts (what city the individual lives in, what day it is, etc.) please report it to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or the Colorado Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-866-455-5075.
What can you do to help?
We urge you to visit LCHT’s website, and the National Human Trafficking Hotline’s website to read more about human trafficking and what you can do to help the millions of enslaved people suffering today.
Hey Honey will be running a campaign on January 31, 2017 to raise money for human trafficking awareness. Our Open Your Eyes Eye Contour Lifting Fluid will be 50% off all day and 100% of the profits from the sale will be donated to the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Make your purchase at http://www.heyhoney.com.
You can also donate directly to LCHT here: